1940 Air Terminal Museum blog

On this day in aviation history…

Monday, December 17, 2012
Filed under: Blog entry (Home Page), News by Blair

On this day in aviation history, many things happened!

In 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first powered flight.
In 1935 the Douglas DC-3 made its first flight – and it’s a better story!

On this day in history…well, not local history but let’s see if I can tie it in! Today is the anniversary of the first flight of the DC-3, in Santa Monica, CA. The DC-3 would allow airlines to make money by carrying passengers alone – without the mail! After WWII the sheer ubiquity of them would allow many startups airlines – like TTA – the chance to have a modern, reliable, profitable – and cheap! – Airplane to build their system on.
Many are still flying in revenue service around the world and a large number have been rebuilt into hardy turboprop aircraft for use in extreme conditions – the Basler BT-67. The story of the DC-3 is unique and one of the greatest stories of aviation!
As I have said on many occasions – the DC-3 is etched in stone at the ATM! …and it’s more than a simple coincidence. In 1940 few could have presaged the impact that the DC-3 would have – after WWII! At the time, an unimaginable future, as the entire world view would change after 1941.

And finally…with the takeoff of the Wright Flyer another first was engendered – Airplane Photography! Flying and photography are two hobbies that grew up at the same time and we are privileged to have had expert exponents of both skills flying hand-in-hand to record the best story of the 20th Century! So, here’s a huzzah! To all those boys clicking the shutter while holding onto their seat belts!

Michael Bludworth